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What Makes New Nuclear Reactors Safer

Nuclear reactors planned for the United States are safer, stronger and more energy-efficient than the 40-year-old Fukushima Daiichi facility that has suffered explosions and radiation leaks, according to experts. Full story

Ukrainians recall Chernobyl sacrifice, applaud Japan

If there is one person outside Japan who knows what the crisis workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant are going through now it is 64-year-old Andriy Chudinov. Full story

Japan fears second reactor rupture

   In Japan, plant administrators say a second nuclear reactor may have suffered damage at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, but it remains unknown if radioactive material is leaking into the air. Nuclear expert David Albright joins the show to explain.

France sees lessons from Japan nuclear crisis

France, the world's second largest nuclear power producer, acknowledged on Wednesday that lessons should be drawn from Japan's crisis but said it did not expect this to undermine the case for new nuclear projects. Full story

Nuclear crisis hits aid efforts in Japan

   Relief workers are ordered out of northeast Japan, where the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is seeping radiation. NBC’s Ann Curry reports from Akita, Japan.

Obama defends nuclear energy

President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the use of nuclear energy despite the calamity in Japan where a nuclear power plant leaked radiation in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Full story

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  Group of 50 plant workers briefly evacuated

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including Columbia’s Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, New York Magazine’s John Heilemann, and Time’s Mark Halperin – discuss the latest news at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Workers at the nuclear plant were ordered to leave temporarily after radiation levels surged there.